2016 Summer Olympics Unit Study & Lapbook

Free Lapbook for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio

The Summer 2016 Olympics are coming, and now is the perfect time to start planning your Olympics unit study!

The official dates for the games are August 5th-August 21st, providing a fun way for you to start your school year.

Stop by Homeschool Share and  pick up some free lapbook printables for the Olympic games.

Olympic Unit Study & Lapbook

This lapbook includes:

  • Geography: Mapping the route of the Olympic torch; Flags;
  • Math: Graphing medals;
  • History: Traditions & Symbols of the Olympic games; Olympic Timeline; Ancient Olympic History; Modern Olympics
  • Science: Health & Nutrition;
  • Language Arts: Write an athlete’s biography; other writing exercises
  • Art: Design an Olympic Logo

Summer Olympics Bonus Lapbook Materials

We also offer a few lapbook items specific to the Summer Olympics. These include:

  • Tracking the weather in Rio
  • Matchbooks with descriptions of events for the Summer Olympics
  • Shape books to record track events as well as water events

Brazil Lapbook

Since the 2016 Olympics are being held in Rio, you may want include a study of Brazil within your Olympics unit study. This lapbook provides a simple overview for Brazil with mini-books on the following topics: time zone, population, culture, sports, religion, animals, landmarks, the flag of Brazil, and simple phrases in Portuguese.

In addition to the lapbooks above, you can find more fun ideas on our Olympics Pinterest Board.

Happy Homeschooling!

20 Amazing Activities for Learning about the Rainforest

Children are fascinated by the rainforest! Incredible animals, giant plants, yummy fruit, chocolate–the rainforest is packed with learning possibilities. If you are planning or considering a rainforest unit study for your homeschool, check out these 20 learning activities including games, lapbooks, snacks, crafts, coloring pages, a famous artist connection, and art projects!20 Rainforest Learning Activities from The Homeschool Share Blog

1. The Great Kapok Tree Unit Study & Lapbook

2. The Parrot Tico Tango Unit Study

3. The Umbrella Unit Study

4. Chocolate Unit Study & Printables

5. Sloths Lapbook

20 Rain Forest Learning Activities from The Homeschool Share Blog

6. Manatee Lapbook

7. Brazil Lapbook

8. Play with a Pineapple and Learn All About Bromeliads

9. Fruit Tree Snack

10. Virtual Visit to the Rainforest

20 Rain Forest Learning Activities from The Homeschool Share Blog

11. Interactive Learning Activity from Sheppard Software

Click on the animals (sloth, jaguar, macaw, tamarin, and poison dart frog) to learn!

12. Chalk Pastel Rainforest Animals

13. Read about famous artist, Henri Rousseau, and create your own Rousseau Jungle

14. Rainforest Habitat Diorama

15. Toco Toucan Drawing Lesson

20 Rainforest Learning Activities from The Homeschool Share Blog

16. Make a South America Animal Map

17. Rain Forest Coloring Pages

18. Animal Mosaic Art Project

19. Twisty Snake Sculptures

20. Rainforest Survival Challenge iPad app

20 Rainforest Learning Activities from The Homeschool Share Blog

Happy Learning! Be sure to check out our Rainforest Connections Page, too!

Play Is a Necessity

Play is a necessity. -from The Homeschool Share Blog

Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity. -Kay Redfield Jamison

Be Curious!

"The future belongs to the curious" quote from The Homeschool Share Blog
The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it, and turn it inside out. -Anonymous

Tea Time with Great Poets

Tea Time with Great Poets from the Homeschool Share Blog

Sometimes it’s hard to find a way to introduce poetry to your students–especially when you don’t really enjoy poetry. We have made your job a little bit easier here on the Homeschool Share Blog by giving you lots of Tea Time ideas. If you browse the list below, you will find biographical information, books to read, ideas for tea time treats, and some printables pages, too.

You can simply present the poets and poems to your student by reading to them while gathered round a table with some candles, tea, and treats. Delightful!

You can also take the ideas in the list below and easily turn them into a Tea Time with Great Poets class for your homeschool co-op.

Tea Time with Great Poets

Basho (1644-1694)

Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

William Cullen Bryant (1794 – 1878)

Mary Howitt (1799 – 1888)

Lydia Marie Child (1802 – 1880)

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807-1882

Edward Lear (1812-1888)

Robert Browning (1812-1889)

John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887)

Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886)

Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885)

Joaquin Miller (1837-1913)

William Dean Howells (1837-1920)

Robert Frost (1874 – 1963)

Edgar Guest (1881-1959)

What poets would you like to see in future tea time posts?

Cook with Books Homeschool Co-op Class

One of my favorite features here on the Homeschool Share blog is Cook with Books. I love to cook, and I love books, so what could be more perfect? If you follow along on my personal blog, you also know that I like sharing co-op classes. Cook with Books would make a great co-op class.

Cook with Books Homeschool Co-op Class Idea from The Homeschool Share Blog

I read through the past Cook with Books posts and found the ones that include picture books and shorter recipes. I compiled them below for you to look through.

This class would be simple to structure: read a book then make the corresponding recipe together. If you have time leftover at the end of class, you could choose to read more stories that relate to the first story.

Here is a sample schedule:

Week 1: Read Mouse Mess and make Cracker Snackers

Week 2: Read Harry the Dirty Dog and make Dog Bone Pretzels

Week 3: Read The Parrot Tico Tango and make Fruit Trees

Week 4: Read Five Little Monkeys and make Monkey Bread

Week 5: Read Mama Panya’s Pancakes and make Pancakes (recipe found in book)

Week 6: Read Pete’s-a-Pizza and make Pizza

Week 7: Read Thundercake and make Thundercake (recipe found in the book)

Week 8: Read The Three Little Pigs and make Straw Stacks

Week 9: Read The Rainbow Book and make Fruit Kabobs

Week 10: Read Cook-a-Doodle Doo and make Strawberry Shortcake (recipe found in the book)

Week 11: Read Stone Soup and make Stone Soup.

Week 12: Read A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins and make Blackberry Fool (recipe found in book)

If you want to find more books with recipes, there is a huge list on this old Homeschool Share database.

Happy Reading and Happy Cooking!